Four Welsh wind farms and overhead power line refused
Department for Energy & Climate Change decision reflects concerns including landscape and visual impact and local biodiversity
We are pleased to learn that proposals for four onshore wind farms in Wales have been rejected by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
The proposed Llanbadarn Fynydd, Llaithddu, Llanbrynmair, and Carnedd Wen onshore wind farms in Powys have been refused, following the results of a conjoined public inquiry, announced on 7 September, which closed in May last year.
Only a repowering project at Llandinam has been approved, however the proposed 132KV overhead power line to connect it to a substation at Welshpool has been turned down. DECC cited a number of reasons for refusing the schemes, including concerns over the wind farms' effect on local biodiversity, local traffic, and landscape and visual impacts.
Local MP Glyn Davies said "a dark cloud" had been lifted. "We have protected the legacy which we have enjoyed, for our children to love in the way we do."
Stuart Brooks, Chief Executive of the John Muir Trust said:
"The John Muir Trust has strongly supported the hard-fought campaign against these proposals which would have had an extremely damaging effect on upland Powys, detracting from the beauty of its natural landscapes and fragmenting habitats. Sense has prevailed and we hope this will now be the benchmark for other proposals of this nature in Wales."